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Kakapo Small Group Tour

Group Tour | General interest | Non-exclusive 21 Days & 20 Nights Lead-in price: £6295 Current prices from: £6295
These non-exclusive escorted group tours with MoaTrek venture off the beaten track. Travel in spacious, comfortable coaches with up to 18 people, accompanied by knowledgeable local guides who share insights into their country and its culture, and introduce you to the locals. The following itinerary can be booked in full as the Kakapo tour, or shorter versions are available.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Scenic flight over the Southern Alps
  • Cruises on Lake Rotoiti, Bay of Islands (Kakapo tour only) and Milford Sound
  • See New Zealand’s highest mountain in the Aoraki/Mount Cook region
  • Explore the Abel Tasman National Park
  • Stay in 3- & 4-star accommodation
  • Small group size - maximum 18 people
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Standard Group Tour in brief

Day 1: Hokianga

Depart Auckland and travel to the headland at Muriwai Beach before departing to Hokianga in the Northland region. Afternoon Maori guided walk into the Waipoua forest. Overnight at the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga. (B, D)

Day 2: Paihia (Bay of Islands)

Morning cruise in Hokianga Harbour, a significant and spiritual place for the Maori. In the afternoon, travel to the east coast visiting Kerikeri en route and the historic Waitangi Treaty House, the site where Maori chiefs signed a treaty with Queen Victoria’s representatives in 1840, giving birth to the nation. Stay 2 nights at the Copthorne Hotel & Resort Bay of Islands in Paihia. (B)

Day 3: Bay of Islands • Russell

Morning dolphin cruise in the spectacular Bay of Islands or visit the Hole in the Rock. Afternoon visit to Russell, New Zealand’s first capital. (B)

Day 4: Auckland

Visit the ancient Kawiti glow-worm caves, then continue on to Auckland and overnight at the Sebel Suites. (B)

Day 5: Rotorua

Travel south-east to Rotorua through Waikato’s farmlands and discover the area’s gold-mining past. Visit a working kiwifruit orchard then take an afternoon cruise by catamaran on Lake Rotoiti to visit otherwise inaccessible hot pools. Stay 2 nights at Novotel Rotorua Lakeside. (B)

Day 6: Rotorua

Morning at leisure. Lunch at the Buried Village Rotorua, where your hosts will share stories from their Maori and European histories. (B, L)

Day 7: Tongariro

See the bubbling mud pools at Wai-O-Tapu, then drive to Tongariro via Huka Falls. On arrival in Tongariro you may like to take a walk in Tongariro National Park for some magnificent views over the area’s active volcanoes. Stay overnight at Chateau Tongariro Hotel. (B)

Day 8: Wellington

Travel to the country’s capital, Wellington. Take a city tour, including stunning views over the harbour from Mount Victoria, and stay 2 nights at the Bolton Hotel. (B)

Day 9: Wellington

Today is at leisure for you to explore the city further. You may wish to visit Te Papa National Museum, some of the boutique breweries or see how Hollywood props are made at Weta Workshop. (B)

Day 10: Marlborough wine region • Nelson

Morning ferry crossing of the Cook Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound to South Island. On arrival, drive into the Marlborough wine region for a wine tasting and light lunch at Forrest Estate vineyard. Continue on to Nelson, where you will stay 2 nights at The Beachcomber. (B, L)

Day 11: Abel Tasman National Park

Explore the Abel Tasman National Park with a choice of a full-day scenic cruise or a shorter cruise with a coastal walk. (B)

Day 12: Kaikoura

Travel along the rugged coastline between the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura ranges, with the afternoon at leisure on arrival. There are several optional excursions this afternoon including whale-watching cruises and flights (at own expense). Stay 1 night at The White Morph. (B)

Day 13: Aoraki / Mount Cook Village

Drive over the Hunderlee Hills to the Canterbury Plains and visit a 100-yearold homestead for lunch. Continue to the spectacular scenery of Mackenzie country, with a stop at the Church of the Good Shepherd beside Lake Tekapo. Stay overnight at the Hermitage Hotel. (B, L)

Day 14: Queenstown

Morning at leisure. Join an optional walk through the valleys around Mount Cook or a cruise on a glacial lake (payable locally). This afternoon, travel south over the Lindis Pass and through Alpine scenery to Queenstown. Stay 3 nights at the Scenic Suites Queenstown. (B)

Days 15-16: Fiordland National Park • Queenstown

Full-day tour to the Fiordland National Park for a relaxing cruise on the magnificent Milford Sound. Return to Queenstown via a scenic flight over the Southern Alps (weather permitting). Following day at leisure with optional excursions such as a jet boat ride, wine tasting and walking on the Routeburn Track (all at own expense). (B)

Day 17: Arrowtown • Wanaka

Drive to Lake Wanaka via the former goldmining town of Arrowtown, with lunch and local wine at a homestead near Wanaka. Overnight at Edgewater Resort. (B, L)

Day 18: Ship Creek • Franz Josef

Travel to the glacier town of Franz Josef, stopping en route at Ship Creek for a walk along the beach and through the rainforest. Stay 1 night at Punga Grove. (B)

Day 19: Punakaiki

Morning at leisure with optional excursions including walks to the face of Franz Josef glacier or heli-hikes onto the glacier itself (at own expense). Travel to Punakaiki via Hokitika. Stay 2 nights at Punakaiki Resort. (B)

Day 20: Punakaiki

Day at leisure to discover the area. Your ‘Kiwi guide’ will provide options such as the Nile River glow-worm caves and the Pancake Rocks. (B, D)

Days 21: Christchurch

Travel across the Southern Alps to Christchurch, visiting Arthur’s Pass en route (optional ride on the TranzAlpine train at an additional cost). Upon arrival in Christchurch, make your way to the airport for your flight home, or continue your holiday. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

Important information Flights:

International flights are not included with this itinerary. For flight options and prices, please contact your Cox & Kings travel consultant.

Non-exclusive group tour:

Please note that this tour is operated by MoaTrek on a nonexclusive basis. Therefore other passengers may or may not be Cox & Kings clients.

Standard tour

This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.

Single supplement

From £1,645pp.

Private & tailor-made travel

This itinerary can be taken privately on a date that suits you, for which guideline prices are shown. Alternatively, it can be tailored to your exact requirements. Please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Standard group tour accommodation

  • The Hermitage Hotel
    The Hermitage Hotel

    Originally opened to adventurous travellers in 1884, the Hermitage Hotel has since been rebuilt, modernised and refurbished to offer a range of comfortable accommodation options in a world heritage wilderness playground. With the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park as its alpine backdrop, the onsite restaurant offers buffet meals, with each seat providing a view of New Zealand's tallest mountain.

  • Edgewater Resort
    Edgewater Resort

    Located on the shores of Lake Wanaka, Edgewater Resort is just 3 minutes' drive from the centre of Wanaka town. Set amid the towering Southern Alps, rooms at the Edgewater all have views of the lake and mountains either from a balcony or patio. Kayaking on the lake and walks in the mountains can be easily arranged locally.

Standard group tour extensions

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Dates & prices


Main Costs

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • Hand-picked 3- & 4-star accommodation for best views & location
    • Fully escorted by a MoaTrek ‘Kiwi guide’
    • Air-conditioned vehicles
    • Maximum of 18 passengers
    • Porterage included
    • 20 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners

Destinations on this tour

  • Auckland

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  • Wellington

    Wellington New Zealand's capital city, Wellington is set on a magnificent harbour...

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  • Mount Cook Village

    Mount Cook Village Located at the base of Aoraki Mount Cook in Aoraki /...

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  • Queenstown

    The resort town of Queenstown is sophisticated and fantastically scenic. Its lake and mountain landscape is suited...

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  • Franz Josef

    The village is the gateway to the Franz Josef Glacier. This glacier was first documented by Abel Tasman in 1642...

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  • Rotorua

    Rotorua Located on North Island's volcanic plateau, the town of Rotorua is the...

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  • Nelson

    Nelson Located close to the Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson is a great base for the...

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  • Kaikoura

    Kaikoura is a base for wildlife experiences of all kinds. It is also a great...

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